Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Messi changed the sport in the United States

Jorge Mas, the fashionable president of MLS due to the signing of Lionel Messi for Inter Miami, gave an interview to ‘The Sportsman’s Club’ to explain the rise and success of the arrival of world champion with Argentina in Qatar 2022 to his team.

For the star to reach the MLS is not an easy task, It’s the same but explains, but the act has its desired effect, which makes the The American League has positioned itself on the soccer map thanks to the fact that the number 10 plays ‘The Herons’.

I always wanted to sign Messi. Everyone told me I was crazy to think I was going to Inter Miami. In 2019 I organized a meeting with Jorge Messi. David Beckham and I explained the project to Jorge for three hours and there I went to sell the concept in Miami. I saw the history of football in America with three important dates: Pelé, when he arrived at Cosmos in 1972, Beckham’s arrival in Los Angeles and Messi’s arrival in Miami” businessman reasoning.

Everyone told me I was crazy to think I was going to Inter Miami

Jorge Mas, president of Inter Miami

Messi’s arrival changed soccer in the US. The focus is now on a league with great growth possibilities. “The MLS is another. Every time we play away from home the stadiums are packed. The reception for Lionel was amazing. The game in New York, with almost 30,000 fans, 80% shouting the name of Messi, with albiceleste and pink t-shirts of Inter Miami … I was surprised, I didn’t expect that. See Lionel’s impact, how he has raised interest in the league and while the world now turns their eyes to the American league. There was a before and after Messi arrived in MLS“, comment Jorge Mas.

I gave him my assurance that I will do everything possible so that he has the chance to say goodbye to his fans in Barcelona.

Jorge Mas, president of Inter Miami

Jorge Mas reveals one of the best kept secrets so far, the conversations between Jorge Messi and How he convinced the Messi family that Inter Miami was his place. “I said: ‘Your son has a chance to create a new legacy because he can change a game in a country’ and that rarely happens to an athlete. I kept in constant communication with Jorge, it took four and a half years to convince Lionel and he could decide with his family. I never lost faith. I am convinced that Lionel Messi will come to Miami. I spent hours talking to Lionel talking about Miami, family, his future and I see that there is a great possibility to be able, after the World Cup, in January or February to close something,” said the boss of Inter Miami.

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“Messi will say goodbye to his fans in Barcelona”

As he himself recognized when Messi seen arriving at Miami airport: “Uff, it’s true”, the future with Leo has many pages to tell and one of the promises made by the Argentine is to say goodbye to the fans of Barcelona. “Messi’s departure from Barcelona was not good, he could not say goodbye to his club that welcomed him as a child, and I think that the circumstances were not what Lionel wanted. I gave him my promise that I will do everything possible in the coming years so that he has the chance to say goodbye to his fans in Barcelona. Will Inter Miami go or will we have some kind of game“, concludes Mas.

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